Major McCain supporter jumping ship to Thompson

From the WaPo:

John Dowd represented Sen. John McCain in his darkest hour, the “Keating Five” scandal. He supported McCain the first time he ran for president in 2000 and signed up to be a major fundraiser for him in this year’s presidential race. But when former senator Fred D. Thompson began thinking about running, the Washington lawyer changed his mind.

For McCain (Ariz.), who started off as the favorite to win the Republican nomination but now trails former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in most polls, Dowd’s move signals yet another threat to his struggling campaign. As Thompson (Tenn.) builds his team of major fundraisers such as Dowd, the challenge for McCain will be to collect the millions of dollars necessary to maintain a nationwide campaign and convince Republicans that he is their best bet to retain the White House.

Not surprising since McCain is having a very difficult time explaining this amnesty bill he supported (until it’s untimely, welcomed death today).

“I am very sorry to see what’s happened to John,” Dowd said in an interview. “I don’t think his campaign is being well run. It’s been over-managed. He blew through $8 1/2 million. It’s a difficult thing to leave a friend and go to another friend. But we lost the John McCain I knew.”

I think there are a lot of Republicans who are “very sorry to see what’s happened to John”. He does not have the excitement he seemed to back in 2000. This time around he appears to be old news with too many bills co-sponsored with Ted Kennedy hanging around his neck.

Here’s something I found very interesting from CNN:

The latest Democratic polling:

..compared to the latest Republican polling:

The polls consist of registered voters.

As you can see, the “Other” Republican candidate is only down from Giuliani by 4 points. The “Other” candidate in the Democratic polls is almost nonexistent. Clearly there are a very large amount of Republicans who have yet to find a candidate they can support. Thompson already has 13% in this poll. Let’s say we add 20 points from the 21% supporting “Other” to Thompson and bingo, we have a new front runner who is easily ahead of Giuliani. It just appears that there are a ton of Republican voters currently abstaining from supporting a specific candidate.